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GOULDING, Franklin William

September 18, 1935 – Fort Erie, Ontario
February 4, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Franklin “Frank” William Goulding, 83, of Calgary, AB. He succumbed to heart failure and passed away at Rockyview General Hospital on Monday, February 4, 2019.

Frank was born September 18, 1935 in Fort Erie, ON to Franklin and Margaret Goulding. He graduated from high school in Fort Erie and attended Western University in London, ON. On August 29, 1964 he married Hilda Mary Pinkney and together, with their children, moved to Alberta in 1977.

Frank spent most of his career in the construction industry and was employed by the same window manufacturer for approximately thirty-five years. He retired as Manager for PlyGem Calgary. He was a devout family man, enjoyed work and liked to keep busy. In his younger years he was active in the Scouting community and enjoyed canoeing, snow shoeing and skiing. In the empty nest years, he went on to get his black belt in Karate, became a licensed scuba diver, took up wilderness trail riding, camped nearly every summer and learned to play the guitar and banjo. Among many things, he loved to dance and make wine (he enjoyed drinking it too). He had the best sense of humour that was appreciated by many. Frank really knew how to enjoy life!

Frank was predeceased by his wife Hilda in 2010 but is survived by his three children, Frank (Kazuko) Goulding of Houston, TX and their children, Lisa and Tyler; Gord (Toni) Goulding of Lethbridge, AB, and their children, Stephanie (Brett) Imler (their daughter Evelyn Imler, Frank’s great-granddaughter) and Shelby Goulding; and Christy (Scott) Hayes of Calgary, AB. He is also survived by his partner Beryl and her two children, Sean Lyons and Tim (Nicole) Lyons and their daughter Alyssa Lyons. In addition, he is survived by his younger sister Sue Lefebvre.

A Celebration of Franklin’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. We encourage folks to wear their best denim and to bring stories to share. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Franklin Goulding, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Beryl, Frank, Gord, Christie and families….so sorry to hear about the passing of uncle Frank. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. I will miss his family Christmas messages. Take care from Mark, Sheldon, Larissa Pinkney and Cathy Wilson Pinkney.

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  2. Donna, Dennis, Marcia and Colin

    Thanks for sharing this obituary. It is very heartfelt. Lots of love and sympathy to Gord, Toni, Stephanie, Shelby, Brett, Evelyn and the rest of the family. We will be thinking of you next Saturday.

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  3. sending my heartfelt condolences to franks family ,,,it certainly was a shock to hear of his passing ,,he was a very lovable man ,,,dave and I certainly enjoyed there company when they came to stay with us when on holidays ,, they were so much fun ,,, guess god needed another angel with them ,,, now they are all together ,,, hand on to the precious memories you have ,,something no one can take away ,,, you all take care and please keep in touch with me ,,, love Maggie Pinkney ,,,sister,in law

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  4. Mike & Debbie Halton (Singapore)

    We will always remember Frank as a gentleman with a big smile on his face.
    Sending our Love and heartfelt Condolences to you All

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  5. I was privileged to know and work with Frank over my 25 year career with (WAP; Indal; CWD; Caradon; & Ply Gem). He embraced countless challenges over the years and rarely found one he couldn’t rectify. His quiet sense of confidence, humour, and demeanor endeared him to our staff and customers alike. I also enjoyed numerous Royal LePage Xmas parties with Frank and Hilda over the years where you could always find him smiling on the dance floor. He was a true colleague in every sense of the word, and will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences and best wishes to all of his family.

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  6. Dsle & Rachel Spence

    Christy, Gord, Frank, Sue and Beryl,
    We have had the pleasure of knowing Frank for about ten years. We enjoyed many a laugh or a discussion about the Bible in front of the fire at 1232. We loved his sense of humour and his love of life. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone needing help send was a straight shooter. He will be sorely missed. We wish to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear father, brother and friend. How wonderful it will be when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear His voice and come out”. John 5:28

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  7. To Christy and Scott,

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. We are sending our love to you and your family.

    Jen and Gord Laughy

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  8. Christy, Frank & Gord, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. we knew your Mom & dad since the early 70’s back in Acton Ont. i worked with your Dad at Beaver Homes in Milton and was lucky to help him celebrate his 80th birthday. he left us with many great memories. Gerry & Wilma Ward.

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  9. Michelle Brassard (née Wilson)

    As you celebrate Frank’s life, i just wanted to let you know that he touched so many peoples’ lives. As a kid growing up on his block, he was always friendly and welcoming to me. When I was a teenager, he’d always call hello to me over the fence as I walked home from school through the alley. He and Hilda offered me an open-ended invitation to join them for wine and a visit if I pass through the alley when they were out enjoying a glass. They both listened to my woes and challenges of growing up and were like an additional set of grandparents who were always happy to hear my good news, offer wise advice and encouragement. I appreciated all the rides to karate that Frank gave me over the years and how he could fit so many wise words into such a short drive!
    Frank was always learning something new: how to play an instrument, make wine, learn to massage when Hilda needed it, new karate moves, etc. It was clear to all that he lived his family dearly. I’m thankful my family moved onto his street so many moons ago.

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  10. Ron Banavage Stoney Creek, Ont.

    I was very saddened to hear today of the passing of my dear friend, Frank. We had been friends for 54 years having met at our work place, Greening Industries, in Hamilton Ont. circa 1965. About once a month Frank and Hilda would host a jam session attended by about 7 office colleagues, including the Sales manager (also Frank’s boss) . Frank fed us Kaisers, cold cuts and hard boiled eggs that seemed to compliment the beer nicely. Occasionally Chinese take out. We had a lot of fun singing the old songs. Certainly one of the most memorable times of my life. Frank and Hilda grew very fond of me, to the point that Frank wanted to adopt me, jokingly, but he made it sound very serious. I will miss him. My sincere belated sympathy and condolence to Beryl and all the family members as you continue to grieve the loss of dear Frank.

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